Sunday 22 January 2017

Media outrage is often misplaced

Published 12/01/2011 | 08:10

With complete predictability, the media jumps all over the tragic shooting of an American congresswoman, providing political overtones where none in fact exist. Thus, Nicholas Leonard (Irish Independent, January 10) could state that a "Democratic congresswoman was shot for being too liberal on healthcare," though there isn't a shred of evidence to connect the two events.

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The 'toxic' nature of political discourse is decried by the very media which contributes mightily to that toxicity by falsely associating a senseless act of violence by a mad man to Sarah Palin and the 'right wing'.

Where was the media outrage when Sarah Palin was hung in effigy during the 2008 presidential campaign, a picture of which was printed in our leading national newspaper? That was pretty toxic.

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